October 31, 2014 8:16 pm -

[su_right_ad]Temperature checks and questioning at airports don’t do much good according to a study published by the National Institutes of Health.

A study of screenings at Australia’s Sydney Airport during the Swine Flu pandemic found that fever was detected in 5,845 passengers during the roughly two-month period covered by the analysis. Only three of those individuals ended up having the virus, which is known in the scientific community as H1N1.

Researchers determined that 45 patients who acquired the illness overseas would have “probably passed through the airport” during the roughly two-month period covered in the study. That means the screeners likely missed the vast majority of individuals who arrived at the facility with Swine Flu, despite grabbing thousands of travelers who showed signs of fever…

The report said only 0.5 percent of H1N1 cases in New South Wales, Australia, were detected at the airport, whereas 76 percent were identified in emergency rooms and at general-practice medical centers.[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

16 responses to Study: Airport Screening For Ebola Ineffective

  1. tiredoftea October 31st, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Let’s all just remember that Ebola is well known in the medical community. It’s a virus. It’s blood borne, not airborne. It’s difficult to get and it is easily treated. But, despite all that, let’s just pander to the continuing chick little politicians and public who refuse to acknowledge the above and waste out time and money on theater.

    • Obewon October 31st, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      Exactly! Most are laughing at GOP’s midterm Ebola strategy fail. Community hospitals no longer treat Ebola because Presbyterian Hospital officials acknowledged their screw-ups: “that the patient’s travel history wasn’t “fully communicated” to doctors. The man underwent basic blood tests, but not an Ebola screening, and was sent home with antibiotics, said Dr. Edward Goodman with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.”

      • tiredoftea October 31st, 2014 at 9:12 pm

        As much as I want to blame the people at the hospital, and they deserve a lot of blame, it’s not entirely their fault that the late Mr. Duncan was sent home under the wrong diagnosis.

        I am fortunate to know an infectious diseases doc from a mid-western state and was talking with her about the Dallas case and how well prepared her hospital is for an Ebola case. She relayed a story about N1H1 from a few years ago and how it became s massive CF in an easier to diagnose disease. She had a lot of sympathy for the difficulties they faced.

        • Obewon October 31st, 2014 at 9:22 pm

          Duncan’s loss of life taught many what not to do in treating Ebola.

          What’s most under reported? This Ebola’14 outbreak has a far less lethal percentage than in the past. Personally I think it’s because of our greater knowledge of effective hydration, antibodies, etc.

          • tiredoftea October 31st, 2014 at 9:42 pm

            Yes! Proving that the tragedy still unfolding in Africa continues due to the indifference we, the western, developed countries, have to a horror that we can solve, if we had the will and compassion to do so.

          • Obewon November 1st, 2014 at 12:17 am

            Unreported is POTUS Obama’s U.S. Milt Liberian response plummeting Ebola cases there and our building of 18 treatment facilities in Liberia.

            The crisis is subsiding and faux news as always sticks to their outdated balking points. Breaking News! Ebola Libyan victim Ben Ghazi!

    • M D Reese October 31st, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      It’s so American that the only person to die here of Ebola died because he was turned away from a hospital because he didn’t have health insurance even though he had a fever and had been exposed. That pretty much tells me how serious it’s being taken–at least in Texas.

      • tiredoftea October 31st, 2014 at 9:03 pm

        Yup, health care as usual in small government paradise.

        • M D Reese November 1st, 2014 at 4:46 pm

          AIDS was treated the same way. As long as it was only killing gay men and a few black folks, it was not a big deal. Reagan didn’t even bring it up until he was on the way out the door.

  2. Obewon October 31st, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Australia’s conservative Govt hates footing hospital bills for fever detected in 5,845 passengers during the roughly two-month period. Just 7 Ebola infected were treated in the USA and all are cured. Of 315,000,000 Americas just one Ebola death, but Ebola Paranoids aren’t “afraid” or concerned about preventing USA’s average 12 per 100,000 gun deaths annually.

  3. tracey marie October 31st, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Just like the goptp voter ID laws, ACA repeals and felons with weapons on the border….nothing but a waste of time and money

    • Obewon October 31st, 2014 at 9:12 pm

      1993’s $3 B Internet Privatization is a “A terrible waste of money”-Newt Gingrich always derided everything with those 5 words including Clinton’s 1993 balanced budget initiative realizing $550 B in consecutive surpluses with CBO’s continuing $5.5 T forecast surpluses. Dems always save lives and treasure with positive ROI e.g. US internet today returns $2 T in annual GDP = $700+ per each $1 govt privatization dollar spent, plus increased productivity.

      • tracey marie October 31st, 2014 at 9:13 pm

        tell them Obewon!

        • Obewon October 31st, 2014 at 9:14 pm

          Vote the bums out by high noon on Tuesday November 4th!

    • rg9rts November 1st, 2014 at 1:50 am


  4. rg9rts November 1st, 2014 at 1:52 am

    As Hickox pointed out….you don’t do a temp on a cheek however the little Christie Hitler didn’t like being challenged therefore the circus that followed